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“Solid value for families” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Horizon Inn & Ocean View Lodge

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Horizon Inn & Ocean View Lodge
Ranked #8 of 26 Carmel B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Orlando
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Solid value for families”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2005

My family of four spent four days at the Horizon Inn the week of 09 July 2005. We had a fabulous time.

Now, there are lodging choices that will provide better amenities, better views, but few can provide a better value. The rooms were clean; we opted for two rooms, connected by an adjoining door. Our kids roughed it in a room with two queen beds, and my wife and I enjoyed our king bed. The linens are clean and the decorating choice is muted, but rich in a subtle way. The bed was very comfortable.

Breakfast consists of a straw basket placed outside the door before 8 a.m...tho we arranged to have baskets provided the night before so we could make an early morning surfing trip up to Santa Cruz. The granola was fine, but the pastries do tend to be a bit dried out. The fresh juice and fruit is a healthful touch.

The location is at the top of the hill, on the outskirts of "downtown," but a short five to 10 minute walk down to all the shops and restaurants.

The location is convenient to Pacific Coast Hwy, tho the traffic to Carmel Valley can get a bit backed up at times. For families, there is a laundermat just a half block outside the Inn complex. The location was quiet and a good haven for a restful night's sleep. We never experienced any noise during our four nights there.

The kitchenette area is clean, with a microwave, mini-fridge (very cold) and cabinets stocked with plates, cups and flatware. Perfect for heating up and storing dinner leftovers.

Dined at the Hog's Breadth Inn, Tutto Mondo and Flaherty's. All good solid choices, tho our favorite was the Hog's Breadth, with a first-rate Salmon dish and Banana Bread Pudding to die for, so say my wife. (Now that I reminded her of it, she says she is craving it.) Tutto Mondo had good food, but is boisterous and patrons are "shoehorned" in tight seats. The chow makes up for this tough.

We highly recommend the Horizon Inn for families and for value-minded travelers.

  • Stayed June 2005
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank cbruno
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2005

My husband and I stayed at the Horizon Inn for four nights while on our honeymoon. The location is perfect for walking to Carmel's lovely shopping and dining area. The room we stayed in had the most beautiful view and the staff was friendly and helpful. If you're looking for a clean, comfortable place to stay with a great view, it's worth the money.

  • Stayed May 2005
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2005

The Horizon Inn was reasonably nice; the room was clean and well maintained and that was really it. We unfortunately had neither an ocean view or a horizon view; our view was a six foot wall and even when you stood on the patio chair (which I dont think you should do!) all you could see was the roof of the house next door to the hotel. We could also hear every single footstep the people in the room above us took.

Breakfast was pretty much a disaster; cereal that was tasteless, and pastries that tasted and felt like they were more than a couple of days old. The fruit and orange juice were better though, but its hard to go wrong with either of these. As soon as we were showered and dressed we went out for breakfast.

Personally I wouldnt stay here again, but if all you're looking for is a place to lay your head at night, then you have your ideal inn.

  • Stayed July 2005
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank katokat
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New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2005

This place is not so great. We read all the reviews and were excited about staying there. We stayed in an ocean view room. It did have an ocean view, but the ocean is really far way, and you have to overlook all the roof tops. You walk into the room, and for the price, the decor just gives you the feeling that they're cutting corners. For breakfast, they definitely skimped. We got a continental breakfast with our package, and they gave us milk that was about a week over the expiration date. Yuck! All the pastries tasted old. I'm less than satisfied with the Inn.

  • Stayed May 2005
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2005

I really enjoyed staying at this Inn. We stayed here the end of September this past year and we were able to upgrade our room upon check-in and loved the spacious room with the fireplace and ocean views we were put in. Cute breakfast basket in the morning, although not too hearty, but I loved to eat breakfast out on the balcony. Very nice Inn staff and a very clean place. We'll be back!

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5 Thank fins823
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New Hampshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2004

We stayed at the Ocean View Lodge. We loved it and will go back again on our next trip to Carmel.
The cottage was very spacious and having a kitchen was wonderful!
Great housekeeping staff too!
Wonderful service, and only a few blocks from the main drag!

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5 Thank kittyonthego
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Norman, Oklahoma
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95 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2004

Horizon Inn was a very nice place to stay, with a fantastic view of mountains and ocean. It is 5 blocks from the main thoroughfare. Clean, pleasant room with sofa, refrigerator and microwave. Free breakfast-in-a basket at the door in the morning. Great off-the-street parking. We got a room there after being disappointed with the place we had reserved over the net. Net ads can be very deceiving. Horizon Inn saved us!

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Additional Information about Horizon Inn & Ocean View Lodge

Property: Horizon Inn & Ocean View Lodge
Address: Junipero Street and 3rd Avenue, Carmel, CA 93921
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Location: United States > California > Monterey County > Carmel
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Horizon Inn & Ocean View Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Spacious & attractive rooms, some with balconies, partial to full ocean views, stone fireplace and jacuzzis. Outdoor spa w/FP. Free Continental Brkfst to room. Free WiFi. Ocean View Lodge Rooms are pet-friendly cottage like suites with wood burning fireplaces and separate master bedroom. Cont. Brkfst to room. Free WiFi. Both properties are non-smoking and offer 100% off-street parking. Ask about our economical pet-friendly Annex rooms. ... more   less 
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